Why Redskins? Because the white male patriots who threw the tea into Boston Harbor dressed up as Native Americans. It was, of course, a joke as the British certainly knew who they were.
Presumably, in today’s framework the British would have called the operation a racist action and shamed the colonists into calling off the revolution. And one can envision students being taught today that it was doubly racist — I’m saying this as a joke, but who knows? — because the patriots were also hoping that the British would blame the Native Americans and kill them off even faster!
Yet in 2013, with the criticism over the team being nominally named after Native Americans, it could be a good idea to rename the team. There is a precedent for this since the Washington Bullets basketball team was renamed the Washington Wizards. In keeping with the silliness of PC, it’s surprising that no one pointed out that wizard was the highest rank in the Klu Klux Klan. But I digress.
Thus, I propose an appropriate return to the team’s original roots and spirit.
Washington’s football team should certainly be renamed in a proper politically correct manner based on its original naming theme of commemorating the Boston Tea Party. That name, of course, would be :
The Washington Tea Partiers.
And keeping with that spirit its new logo could be a snake with the motto, “Don’t Tread on Me!” — which certainly fits into a football context.
I can’t see how President Obama could object to this idea in order to get rid of the “shameful” current team name. He might even be persuaded to lead the effort.
In addition, this idea could inspire him to create the National Panel for Naming Football Teams to Protect Sports Consumers, which would come up with a list of approved names. The San Francisco 49ers could be redubbed the Ninety-Niners; the Atlanta Falcons, the Atlanta Endangered Species; the New York Jets could be called the New York Solar Panels; the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Tampa Bay IRS Agents; and, of course, the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Imperialist Committers of Genocide. Having grown up in Washington, D.C., I think last that name would be perfect.